WASHINGTON — Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking into an alleged threat against the Republican campaign office in Sterling, Virginia.
Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told WTOP it isn’t clear whether a threat was actually made.
“It was overheard in a parking lot,” Troxell said. “Somebody heard something about a threat at the Republican office. It was third-hand, maybe fourth-hand.”
Troxell said investigators are trying to ascertain whether a threat exists at the facility, which is located on Pidgeon Hill Drive.
In response to the report, the sheriff’s office will have “directed patrols and will do so until Election Day,” Troxell said.
The sheriff’s spokesman said it’s unclear whether discussion of the nonspecific threat mentioned Sterling, or whether it referred to the firebombing of GOP headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, where spray-painted graffiti read “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”
James Monfort, president of Americans for Constitutional Law and Rights, who volunteers at the GOP facility told WTOP in an email, “I have been here every day and not one person has threatened us.”
Despite the heated rhetoric nationally, Troxell said, in general, the presidential campaign “has been pretty quiet out here,” outside of “reports of stolen campaign signs every so often.”
The incident was first mentioned in the sheriff’s office daily crime report, released late Monday.